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Pasture Based Dairy Farming

For Senior Seminar 3/3/13
by

Christian Coffey

on 3 March 2013

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Transcript of Pasture Based Dairy Farming

Milk? Which of these is a milk cow? All of them are. But 90% of U.S. Milk comes from this breed: Holstein Fresian Holsteins produce more milk than any other breed of cow, but their milk contains the lowest amount of solids, nutrients, vitamins,
omega-3's and omega-6's.
Their milk is mostly water. The U.S. Produces over 20 billion gallons of milk a year. The U.S. consumes only 156.7 million liquid gallons per year.
A large portion of the remaining 19.85 billion gallons goes to cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter etc.

Recent estimates by the USDA say we waste as much as 6.3 billion gallons of milk each year.
That's one third of the milk supply. But where does all this excess milk come from? Conventional Dairy Farms Pasture-Based Organic Dairy Farms Vs. What do the cows eat? Soybeans Corn Pre-mixed Rations Antibiotics and Hormones Because of the confinement situation, antibiotics are routinely added to feed to keep disease low and promote growth.

To further promote growth and milk production, cows are injected with rBST and rBGH. The effects of rBGH and rBST Consuming milk with rBGH and rBST increase the IGF-1 hormone in humans. Elevated IGF-1 levels in humans have been shown to be closely associated with breast, prostate and certain other types of cancer. But who makes rBST and rBGH? The Technology Treadmill Many farmers wind up in huge amounts of debt trying to keep up with the latest technological innovations in dairy production. This has led to a large decline in dairy farms, and consolidation of the dairy industry. What do the cows eat? What they evolved to eat. Cows are milked once or twice a day instead of three times. Production While production is lower, this decreased supply leads to increased prices on milk, and reduced consumer waste. Farmers have smaller overhead and larger profit margins. Nutrition Milk from cows raised on pasture is higher in vitamins and minerals, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and other essential nutrients.
So milk from pastured cows is actually better for you! Sustainability Pasture based, organic dairy is the only sustainable option available! Much less fossil fuel use
Farmer social responsibility and equality
A real profit margin for economic sustainability.
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